FAQ: High scoring in the second round of the PGA Championship
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FAQ: High scoring in the second round of the PGA Championship


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When big things happen in golf, people naturally have questions. We here at GNN take a look at the brutality that was scoring in the second round of the 94th PGA Championship.

Just how much worse was scoring on Friday compared to Thursday?



Well, in terms of pure scoring average, the field played the Ocean Course to an average of 78.11. On Thursday, the average was 73.33. That's a difference of 4.78 shots.

How many players broke par (72) on Friday?

Four: Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter. Michael Hoey had posted 2-under 70 but was disqualified because he failed to assess a two-shot penalty on himself for not recreating a lie after identifying an embedded ball at the ninth hole.

How many rounds in the 60s were there on Friday?

One. Vijay Singh shot 69 in the morning wave. On Thursday, there were 24. None of the players who shot sub-70 rounds on Day 1 failed to miss the cut.

How many rounds in the 90s were there on Friday?

Two, both belonging to PGA of America professionals. Doug Wade shot 93, which was one shot shy of tying the worst round in PGA Championship history (shot twice). Michael Frye played his final six holes in even par - one birdie, one bogey - to shoot 90 on the nose.

How does this round compare to others in PGA Championship history?

It's the highest single-round average since the PGA went to stroke play in 1958. It is the highest since the third round of the 2002 PGA, when the average was 75.831 at Hazeltine National in Minn.

How about versus the PGA Tour this year?

The first round of the U.S. Open has been the highest at 74.92. This is only the fourth time since 1991 that a field average has jumped the 78 mark, and the first since the final round of the '04 U.S. Open.

What does that do to the cut line?

It's now at 6 over, with one player left to finish on Saturday morning; 73 players will make the cut.

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Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

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